Brass is everywhere right now—from ultra high-end designs (think Kelly Wearstler or Roman and Williams) to highly accessible stores (think CB2 and Target). Warm metals including brass, gold, and copper are having a major moment after almost two decades of design loyalty to chrome and nickel. Any metal with a hint of warmth was considered dated and passé well into 2014 with many designers hesitant and skeptical of the look until very recently. Today, the look has crept into all aspects of design including tech—you can even purchase a rose gold iPhone. With such widespread acceptance, this trend appears to be morphing into a true design movement that can’t be ignored.
So why the extremely rapid shift? This luxurious metal used to signify conspicuous consumption and showiness. It now feels traditional, nostalgic, and homey. The Victorian, Hollywood Regency, Mid-Century Modern, and Dark Nostalgia styles all embrace these rich tones. But this metal can be tricky to use in a modern, fresh way that won’t feel dated in a few years. Follow these rules to make the best use of brass.